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Habitat Improvement: Hartland Segment at the Hartland Marsh Preserve

January 26 - January 27

What You’ll Help Do:

Promote the growth of young oaks and native forbs in the Alliance-owned Hartland Marsh Preserve. Help remove non-native brush from the oak woodlands surrounding the marsh, allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor. Although this is a long, narrow section of woodlands surrounded by development and a marsh, it is a critical habitat for wildlife species like birds, bats, and insects.

Join us each day, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, and learn what it takes to restore the oak woodlands of the Hartland Marsh Preserve.

We also need NPS-trained sawyers and swampers (a person to ensure crew safety when a sawyer is running the chainsaw) and brush haulers to pile and burn the debris. We encourage NPS-certified sawyers to bring their chainsaw and PPE.

To help us plan this event with your needs in mind, please register by noon on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Limit: Event is full.




All Talents and Abilities Welcome!
There’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities. And no experience is necessary to participate in MSC events. Certified and friendly staff and volunteer crew leaders will provide hands-on training to get you started right away.

Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.

The event runs Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27. The hours each day are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunch is provided. 

Parking and Volunteer Check-In:
More information coming, soon. Registrants will get specific instructions a day or two before the event. Please follow the yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs.

Parking may be limited, so please consider ride-sharing.

There is no overnight camping or base camp for this project.

What to Bring:
• Bring winter-appropriate footwear. If snowy/icy, consider snowshoes and ice cleats (Micro Spikes, Yak Traks, etc.) for secure footing.
• A plastic sled and/or backpack for hauling gear may prove helpful.
• Appropriate ‘near-fire’ clothing (no synthetics – leave that fancy coat at home).
• Clothing to dress in layers (for warmth and to keep dry).
• A daypack, sunscreen, and leather gloves.
• A water bottle(s) and a thermos filled with a warm beverage.
• NPS certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring your own saw and PPE.

Looking Ahead:

February 9  & 10, Steenbock Preserve, Gibraltar Rock Segment, Columbia County
Felling, piling, and burning eastern red cedar continues at the Steenbock Preserve. Join us as we pull back the cedar curtain and unveil the view of Lake Wisconsin and the Baraboo Hills.

Please contact Steve Pence, Land Restoration Specialist, by emailing: Steve@iceagetrail.org

We hope to see you soon!


Steve Pence, Land Restoration Specialist


Hartland Marsh
Cottonwood Ave
Hartland, 53029